LACONIA – A local man is being held on $5,000 cash bail after allegedly swinging a pole at a local woman and a police sergeant who was trying to arrest him.
Police said Eric Sleeper, whose last known address was 188 Union Ave., went to a nearby residence in violation of a recently issued bail order.
The sergeant was the first to respond and allegedly found Sleeper with a 4-foot pole in his hand. When the sergeant told him to drop the pole, Sleeper allegedly told the officer to kill him. After repeating his instructions to drop the pole, Sleeper eventually did, but charged at the sergeant. Sleeper was taken into custody by the sergeant and a second officer, but continued to ask them both to kill him.
Prior to this, police learned that Sleeper had allegedly pushed the woman down with his arm and held her there until she told ambulance crews she had trouble breathing. She told police Sleeper was upset because she told him to stop drinking in her presence. She said her friends had to pull Sleeper off of her.
Sleeper is charged with one count of resisting arrest – a Class A misdemeanor, one count of breach of bail – a Class A misdemeanor, one count of criminal threatening – a Class B felony, and one count of second-degree assault – a Class B felony. Class A misdemeanors carry the possibility of jail time should Sleeper be convicted.
Judge Jim Carroll ruled that if Sleeper could be admitted to a secure mental health or or detoxification center, his bail would be reduced to personal recognizance.
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